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Kai Lawson




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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec, 2019 9:10 am    Post subject: Nebra Sword Dimensions         Reply with quote

Does anyone have good measurements or weights for the two bronze swords found with the Nebra Sky Disk? They are heart-achingly beautiful, and I want to make one, but I’d rather have nice measurements than measure and extrapolate from photographs.

The disk is apparently around 30 cm across, and both blades look to be a bit longer than that, so I’m guessing maybe 33-35 cm blades and ~45 cm overall??



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PostPosted: Thu 02 Jan, 2020 1:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sky disk is actually about 32 cm in diameter.



And here's some info on sword length:

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Beide Schwerter sind sich äußerst ähn­ lich. Sie verfügen über eine ca. 36cm lange Klinge und nur eine Griffschale, die mit jeweils vier Nieten an der Klinge befestigt ist.


From this article:

H. Meller, Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra - ein frühbronzezeitlicher Fund von außergewöhnlicher Bedeutung. Archäologie in Sachsen-Anhalt 2 (Halle [Saale] 2002) 7–20

It's unfortunately in German.


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Kai Lawson




Location: Madison, WI
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Jan, 2020 6:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey thank you! This is very helpful. I found a drawing showing a side view, and some software that will let me get reasonably close measurements based on photos.

Any more information is encouraged!

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